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Fredericksburg EDA awards $50,000 worth of grants

The Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority awarded about $50,000 worth of grants at its meeting this morning. The grants are intended to help economic development, tourism and the arts in the city. The EDA actually pays the grants after the business opens. Here were the grant recipients at today’s meeting:

Artful Dimensions received $18,540 toward the development of a cultural arts center with artist studios and gallery space at 911 Charles St., which is behind and in the same building as Castiglia’s restaurant.

The Home Team Grill got $10,000 for a folding-glass front wall at its new restaurant in Fredericksburg’s Eagle Village.

The Made in Virginia Store got $7,000 toward exterior improvements at its new location at 920 Caroline St. 

Gallery 915 received $5,200 toward exterior improvements at its Lafayette Boulevard art-focused facility.

Virginians for High Speed Rail received $5,000 for its initiatives.

The Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg got $2,000 toward a planned Civil War sesquicentennial event at St. George’s Episcopal Church on May 7, 2011.

The Arts & Cultural Council of the Rappahannock got $2,000 toward the development of a Web site focused on promoting artist events in the region.